Invertebrate Zoology

Associate Curator Emeritus Chen W. YoungChen Young
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Chen Young is Associate Curator Emeritus of Invertebrate Zoology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. The Invertebrate Zoology collection is one of the largest and most representative in the world. Young received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1980, and his BS from National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, in 1971.

Young’s research focuses on the systematics of crane flies, the Tipuloidea (Diptera: Nematocera). He conducts field-oriented studies on the natural history of Tipulidae, including larval morphology. By mobilizing the museum’s data-rich collections and collaborating with conservation organizations, government agencies, and private citizens, Young is working to satisfy expanding demands for biological information that contribute to effective stewardship of natural habitats.

An example of this environmentally useful research is the current survey of the Crane Flies of Pennsylvania. Information from his more than 30 years of research on crane flies was incorporated into the museum exhibition Lord of the Crane Flies at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Young also contributed a chapter on aquatic crane flies in the text Freshwater Invertebrates of the Malaysian Region. This article with illustrations and taxonomic key will be an aid in the understanding and preservation of aquatic crane flies fauna for freshwater researchers and students in Southeast Asia.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked as one of the top five natural history museums in the country. The museum maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 21 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available at

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